Episode #765

News Items

  • Wetlands vs Levees
  • Largest Explosion
      • Interview with Ann Druyen

          • https://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2020/03/04/cosmos-book-national-geographic-ann-druyan

          • Science or Fiction

            • Item #1 Science

              Researchers have developed the first robotic hand prosthetic with finger-level precise control. https://news.umich.edu/its-like-you-have-a-hand-again-an-ultra-precise-mind-controlled-prosthetic/

            • Item #2 Science

              Engineers have developed a robotic device that can draw blood and even insert catheters into blood vessels automatically. https://techxplore.com/news/2020-03-robot-artificial-intelligence-imaging-blood.html

            • Item #3 Fiction

              Researchers have developed smart contact lenses that can dynamically adjust their focal length to bring any distance into focus.

            Skeptical Quote of the Week

            “The return on investment in global health is tremendous, and the biggest bang for the buck comes from vaccines. Vaccines are among the most successful and cost-effective health investments in history.” — Seth Berkley, M.D. – medical epidemiologist, CEO of the GAVI Alliance and a global advocate on the power of vaccines. He is also the founder and former president and CEO of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative.